Celebrities Who Married Their Fans

Hollywood marriages are notoriously short-lived. Whether the cause of the break-up is clashing egos, physical distance for work, or plain old infidelity, a high-profile romance is a house of cards. This cliché proves painfully true so often that when two famous people get married and stay together more than five years, it's considered a pretty good run. So, it's no surprise that some celebrities look for love outside the "workplace," and what better place to find a mate than among your devoted fanbase? They already love you, so the hard part's over!

Elvis "The King" Presley met his queen during his stint in the U.S. Army. Comedian Steve Harvey met his match at a — you guessed it — comedy club, and Cocan "Coco" O'Brien fell for a copyeditor. Even Kim Kardashian fell for one of her biggest fans. Yep, this list of stars took the meet-and-greet to a whole new level. Here are celebrities who married their fans.

Fergie and Josh Duhamel

Transformers star Josh Duhamel once had a thing for his now-ex-wife Fergie. During an appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden, the actor revealed that he'd been a fan of the singer since her early days as a part of the Black Eyed Peas. "I had a bit of a crush on her before I ever met her," Duhamel said, explaining that she first caught his eye when fellow actor Enrique Murciano showed him one of her music videos. Murciano supposedly said, "This girl shakes it like she wants a career."

Duhamel then told the producers of Las Vegas, the TV show he was on at the time, that they should book the Black Eyed Peas to perform during an episode — and they did! When the group showed up to film, Duhamel had his chance to impress his crush, but he wasn't exactly charming. When meeting Fergie, he simply told her, "You're hot." 

That apparently did the trick because the two went on to marry and have a son. Duhamel and Fergie have since divorced, but for a while, Duhamel romanced his A-list crush.

Patrick Dempsey and Jillian Fink

While he had made a name for himself with movies such as Can't Buy Me Love in the '80s, Patrick Dempsey didn't lock down his status as a Hollywood hunk until he starred as Derek "McDreamy" Shepherd in the ABC drama Grey's Anatomy. However, he earned himself a major fan in Jillian Fink long before his role as the sexy doctor at Seattle Grace hospital. In 1994, he booked a haircut at the salon Delux, where Fink worked as a stylist. Noting that a co-worker would often write down celebrity names in the appointment book just for fun, Fink told People that she was "shocked" when the real Dempsey walked in. "But at the same time," she said, "I was happy because he was so cute."

It took another three years for the two to finally get together, but when they did, they must have realized that they were meant to be. They wed in 1999 and have since welcomed three children into the world.

Kelly Preston and John Travolta

John Travolta was the man in the '70s, and a whole lot of women had some major crushes on him. How could they not? He was Danny from Grease! One of those lovesick women happened to be none other than Travolta's future wife Kelly Preston. According to Starpulse (via PopSugar), Preston fell head over heels for Travolta after seeing a poster for Grease while leaving a movie theater when she was just a teenager.

"I did have sort of a flash. I came out of a film, saw the poster for Grease and I knew I'd be with him," Preston recalled. "I just knew. I was about 16 years old. I really knew it and it turned into, 'I'm going to marry that man,' and so he likes to tease me that I walked out and said, 'I'm going to marry that man,' and then did, ultimately."

Travolta and Preston got married and started a family, so we guess some teenage crushes work out in the end.

Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise

During their heyday as one of Hollywood's most intriguing couples, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes raised eyebrows for their significant age difference — not to mention their rumored set-up by the Church of Scientology. There's a 16-year age gap that's made all the more uncomfortable by the fact that Holmes was once a huge fan of the Mission: Impossible star and allegedly even had his poster on her childhood bedroom wall (via Complex).

But that's not all that Holmes did as a kiddo. She also allegedly prayed for Cruise during her days at the private Catholic school Notre Dame Academy. Former classmate Angela Domschot dished about Holmes to Celebuzz in 2012. "In religion class, when we were about 16, we would have to say prayers to keep a certain someone safe and out of harm," she claimed. "Katie would say it for Tom Cruise. We did that every day, so she would have said thousands of prayers for him."

Domschot also claimed Holmes kept photos of Cruise in her textbooks and dreamed about marrying him. While it's possible that Domschot was simply taking advantage of Holmes' relevance in the media to earn some side dough and snag some attention, it's worth noting that Holmes did once say that she "used to think [she] was going to marry Tom [Cruise]." Her words.

Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose

Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose may not be together anymore — though they've been doing a bang-up job of co-parenting — but they were once madly in love and big fans of the others' work. Khalifa first expressed his admiration for Rose during an interview that, fortunately for him, caught the attention of Rose, who soon took it upon herself to connect with the "Black and Yellow" rapper.

"He did an interview about me and the guy who interviewed him asked, 'If there was one girl in the world who would you be with?' He said 'Amber Rose,'" the model told Us Weekly in 2012, "and then I hit him on twitter, and I said, 'That's really cute' and we fell in love!"

Khalifa and Rose broke up in 2014, but they do have a son, Sebastian, to remind them of their good times together.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West

Love them or hate them, there's no denying that Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are a powerhouse celebrity couple, but their relationship wouldn't have blossomed as it did — and resulted in three kids together — if one of them hadn't been a super-fan of the other. We're talking about West, who admired Kardashian for years before they ever got together. She was the reason he bought his very first cell phone!

Speaking with sister-in-law Khloé Kardashian on Kocktails with Khloe in 2016, West said  (via the Daily Mail), "I got a phone because somebody decided they wanted to marry Kris Humphries," referring to Kardashian's second husband. West tried to convince Kardashian to call off her wedding to the NBA pro. "I started sending her pictures of certain basketball players that used to be cool, that now they wear their pants all the way up to here," West said, raising his hands to his chest.

It's not cool that West was willing to break up an engagement, but considering how Kardashian and Humphries' short-lived romance turned out, we'll give him a pass.

Steve and Marjorie Harvey

While some people meet their significant others in bars or online via dating apps, Steve Harvey didn't have to try too hard to find the love of his life. Speaking with the studio audience at his talk show Steve, Harvey said that he met his wife, Marjorie, when she came to one of his comedy shows. "The first night she walked into the comedy club. She was late. She came in the front row," he said. Apparently, that was all it took for Harvey to fall in love. "The moment I saw her I said, 'I don't know who you are, but I'm gonna marry you.'"

It would take another couple of decades for the two to wed — distance prompted a breakup early on — but Harvey and his lady love eventually tied the knot in 2007. Of their reunion, Harvey told People, "It was like being reborn."

Conan O'Brien and Liza Powel

Like fellow TV host and comedian Steve Harvey, Conan O'Brien found his future wife, copywriter and playwright Liza Powel, while taping for his show, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, in 2000. Speaking with Piers Morgan in 2012, O'Brien said (via HuffPost), "Somewhere, in the vault at NBC, there's footage of me literally falling for my wife on camera." 

O'Brien said Powel caught his attention because she was "incredibly beautiful." He fell deeply in love after getting to know her and discovering that she was "very intelligent, and funny, and a really good person." O'Brien and Powel wed in 2002, and have two children, daughter Neve and son Beckett.

Powel talked about their kiddos with People, "Well, the goofy gene has definitely shown up," she said. "They're both super-clowny, and have a good appreciation for humor." 

Elvis and Priscilla Presley

When Elvis Presley and Priscilla Presley first met, the singer was already a bonafide star, and Priscilla was a 14-year-old fan living in Germany because her stepfather was stationed there with the Air Force. According to The Sun, when a 24-year-old Elvis, who'd been drafted into the army, wound up in the German town of Bad Nauheim in 1959, Priscilla got a chance to meet him. They kept in touch after Elvis returned to the States, and in 1963, Priscilla moved in with "The King." They wed in 1967, welcomed daughter Lisa Marie in '68, and split in '73.

During an interview on the U.K. talk show Loose Women, Priscilla explained that life in the public eye hurt her marriage to Elvis and that she lost herself by living "his life" and not her own. Those are wise words worth considering as you pine away over your fantasy celebrity bride or groom-to-be.

Jason Momoa and Lisa Bonet

There are no doubt thousands of women who'd fawn over Jason Momoa if given the chance to meet him — he's Game of Thrones' Khal Drogo and Justice League's Aquaman, after all! But Momoa was the one who was starstruck when he met his future wife, Lisa Bonet. 

Momoa, like many of his generation, developed a crush on the actress when she starred on The Cosby Show. When asked by The Late Late Show's James Corden if it was love at first sight for the pair, Momoa dished, "It was more than that cause ever since I was like 8 years old and I saw her on the TV, I was like, 'Mommy, I want that one.'" He continued, "I'm like, 'I'm going to stalk you for the rest of my life and I'm gonna get you." 

When Momoa unexpectedly met Bonet at a jazz club years later, he said "fireworks went off" inside him. Momoa said he didn't tell Bonet about his obsession with her until after they'd had two kids together. Who knows how she might have reacted if she knew ahead of time!